The official blog of the Lung Institute.
What is the Cost of Lung Disease to Pittsburgh Residents?
Pittsburgh, historically called the “Gateway to the West,” has played an important role in U.S. history, from the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars to being the industrial hub of the nation for many years. Residents proudly claim that the city’s coal mining and steel production industries have provided necessary building blocks for our country’s economy. But what is the cost of this contribution? A recent study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh suggests that respiratory disease in coal mining areas is more prevalent than in areas that do not pose the same occupational hazards. Also, Pennsylvania is currently the fourth largest coal producing state in the country.
Lung Disease Threat Widespread in Pittsburgh
The threat of lung disease is not only a concern for those who hold industrial jobs. The pollution that these plants give off has created a cloud of uneasiness over everyone living in the area. Believe it or not, Pittsburgh has the highest levels of air pollution in the U.S. east of California. Residents are fed up, though, and are taking a stand to fight for the preservation of their health and their city. Earlier this year, hundreds of residents climbed 897 steps at the 9th annual Fight for Air Climb to raise awareness and funds to fight lung disease.
Others are angry after having watched friends, neighbors and family members pass away from diseases that they believe were caused by the pollution, and now they are calling for change. The pollution has raised local death rates 44% above the national average for pollution-related diseases, according to the Pittsburg Post-Gazette. Residents are demanding that the state take action to reduce the amount of pollution in the air.
Lifelong resident Rex Cole, Jr. is quoted in the Pittsburg Post-Gazette: “What you did was, you went to high school, then got a job at U.S. Steel… Sometimes the smell is so thick you can taste it. But most people are more worried about putting food on the table than the long-term effects of lung or heart diseases.” Mr. Cole is heading up efforts to attract alternative energy industries to the metro-Pittsburgh area in hopes to eliminate these health issues. We already found that switching all traditional power plants to solar power plants could reduce air pollution by 90 percent.
Hope is on its Way for those Suffering from Lung Disease in Pittsburgh
For those who have already been affected with lung disease, hope is on the way. The Lung Institute has helped hundreds of people to breathe easier by providing stem cell treatments to those who have been affected by lung disease. They have provided over 800 treatments since their inception in 2013, and in July they are posed to open a clinic in Pittsburgh. Many patients are seeing great results from these treatments, including an increase in lung function and quality of life. If you or a loved one is suffering from a lung disease, contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify.